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I haven't built a new PC in 7 years- I've been using a Core2Duo at work and home and I'd just gotten used to that level of speed. Holy crap this thing is fast!

This will be a gaming machine- I'm keeping the Windows 10 install lean and efficient.. probably won't even install office. Leave the browsing and light office work for a tablet.

I've been saving for a while now, picking out parts and lurking around forums, waiting until the Polaris/Pascal release before I started picking up parts. I managed to save 13% overall, but man did that 1080 ever put a dent in my wallet!

I've always built my own machines- I've dabbled with a water-cooled SFF (remember shuttle?) as well as a host of air-cooled ATX. I like the compromise of mATX- I simply don't need those extra PCIx slots. The Prodigy M was very nice to work in- plenty of space to tuck cables (although my power supply, while full modular, is about as long as you could hope to work with in this case (if using a full-length video card).

The rads and big fans keep things cool and quiet. I have the giant lower fan set to intake while both rads are set to exhaust. I'm very happy with the airflow! The case is so wide that there's still plenty of ventilation for the non-water cooled parts. Everything's running very stable. I haven't dabbled with the OC yet, beyond 4.4Ghz.

I'm very happy with the result! Here's the next steps:

  • Get my hands on a Vive! Gotta keep saving... maybe Kijiji? (Done! Worth it!)

  • I may consider plugging the fans/pump into a fan controller, rather than running all off the motherboard. I don't totally trust it.

  • Lighting perhaps? I was thinking purple? I don't want to overdo it though... the red and white looks nice.

Update- 26/10/2016- added image to show airflow Update 04/07/2018- Upgraded storage (250G to 1tb) as I was a little low on space

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  • 35 months ago
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Thanks! RGB would be the way to go, I agree

  • 35 months ago
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This looks really cool with that big red fan and the reverse positioned mobo. Very cool.

  • 35 months ago
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What a ridiculous fan! Thanks

  • 35 months ago
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It's freaking huge looking. If it was rurned to blow diwn, would the case hover?

  • 35 months ago
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Awesome.

  • 35 months ago
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Oh wow I screwed that up pretty bad. Trying to be funny and turned out just a mess.

  • 35 months ago
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Cool build - good job. What's the concern about the MB fan control? I found the Gigabyte Fan SW to work well - totally tweaked the fan curves to get the perfect balance of cool yet quiet.

  • 35 months ago
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I definitely need to experiment more.. maybe I just don't trust the fan headers!

So far I've only played with the EZ tune software- what are you using to control the fans?

  • 35 months ago
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I use the advanced mode on the system info / fan app and you can really dial it in where the fans kick in... generally I keep all but the pump running low until about 40C then let them ramp up after that... super quiet.. basically manually edit the fan curves.

  • 34 months ago
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I will totally check that out when I get a chance. Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
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I've tried a few programs packages (corsair, gigabyte, speedfan); I can't seem to control most of the fans (make a nice curve like you suggested).

I poked around in BIOS looking for an OS fan control option I may have been missing. Any ideas? How are you getting Gigabyte's software to work?

  • 34 months ago
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I have the same MB - install the gigabyte app suite, SIV app, and select smart fan advanced

  • 34 months ago
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Thanks! I'll give it a try. I think SIV was the missing piece

  • 35 months ago
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What's your objective thoughts on the WC MSI 1080? $750. What is your assessment on the build design? build execution? expected build life?

  • 35 months ago
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I''m going from a 460 to a 1080- the difference is pretty astounding! I'm not usually one to run benchmarks, the proof was in the putting when I tried the doom demo yesterday, maxed settings at 1080p and it was buttery smooth.

I'm happy with the execution! I took my time to route cables- can't think of anything I would have done differently.

Build life? My last machine lasted 7 years! I don't do this often so I hope it lasts as well as all the others

  • 35 months ago
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Thanks for the reply.

Yeah i was just wondering if MSI put in the value of components to justify the price. Very nice, enjoy!

  • 35 months ago
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MSI only water-cools the GPU, not the memory... so their temps look nice but meanwhile the memory is air-cooled. Other companies are including water blocks that cover the memory as well. It's also the founders edition board instead of a custom so there's voltage limiting for overclock.

I debated building my own loop with an aftermarket block for the 1080.... I just can't be bothered. That sort of thing was for my youth.... now I just want things to work!

  • 35 months ago
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Right there with ya. With life you learn the value of time and money, the concept of diminishing returns, and the need to set priorities.

  • 35 months ago
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One of the coolest LED fans I've ever seen! What a nice smaller form factor build, and the full liquid is awesome!

+1, best prodigy M build I've ever seen

  • 35 months ago
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Wow! Thanks! I browsed a lot of Prodigy M builds to get this together, thanks for that!

  • 35 months ago
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You're welcome! It's a sweet looking build that should crush VR games. I'm thinking of putting something similar together but with 6700k and a 1070, for budget purposes. I'm also wanting to go MATX or ITX and I agree with your ideology on MATX, I have no need for 4 16x PCIE slots or anything like that :D how did you like the prodigy to build in? Was it simple?

  • 35 months ago
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Very easy to work in- you can even remove the 5.25 mounting to make extra space. There's room above and below the motherboard to route wires that are hidden behind the upper and lower fans. With some forethought, it took me very little time to actually assemble. I imagine your experience would be different if you were using additional hard drives...

  • 35 months ago
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Yeah, I'd probably have at least one 3.5" and a 2.5", I'm not really on the budget for M.2 yet :D thanks for the info

  • 35 months ago
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Amazing build! +1 I might build my first computer base on this guide!!!

If I got some extra budget, would it be better to upgrade the motherboard? I'm thinking about ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII GENE mATX (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012NH1MCM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Also, how's cooling? Are the BitFenix fan and the two liquid cooling enough for all?

  • 35 months ago
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Thanks! If you do build it, send me a message!

The cooling is pleeeeenty, I can run it on quiet settings with Doom, maxed out, completely stable. There's lots of room for airflow. I was nervous about the 950 pro doing some thermal throttling but I can't say I've really stressed it enough to notice. I transferred about 30 gigs without a drop in speed. Seems happy?

I thought about the Asus board... didn't seem worth the extra money. I know that's odd coming from someone who bought an i7 and a water cooled 1080... but there you have it. The gigabyte board seemed well built and had an m.2 slot... I'm not all that hardcore of an overclocker, 4.5 GHz is fine.

Thanks again!

  • 35 months ago
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I love that massive fan on the bottom. Awesome compact build!

  • 35 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
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I see you are using the graphics card fan as a case exhaust ! It s not a probleme !?

Between nice build.

  • 34 months ago
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Doesn't seem to be a problem- everything stays cool and games are maxed out and running stable. With all the lateral space and the big intake fan on the bottom, I think the GPU radiator probably just sips at the airflow and isn't too disruptive.

  • 34 months ago
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Ok thanks

  • 31 months ago
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Err... all i would say is, it is said that having a negative are pressure in your case means your case sucks in more dust. so flipping the fans around on the dual rad means that you have a positive air pressure in your case so less dust gets sucked in. BUT this is highly controversial and some people would disagree so pls don't hate on me

Awesome build 1+

  • 31 months ago
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No hate! I thought about that for sure. I even debated cutting a section of dust filter and attaching it below the case (out of sight).

That said- the case is up on my standing desk, far from the ground... that should help reduce dust as well. Seems to be keeping clean so far.

  • 31 months ago
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ok

... hello!! ...

  • 30 months ago
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I came here looking for a picture of that massive fan lol, Nice build though!

  • 30 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
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Awesome build!

I'm in the process of compiling the parts list for a build with i7 w/ H100i v2 and GTX 1080 TI hybrid. I initially planned on using Corsair 250D, but that would mean that GPY radiator would have to be in front and pull air into the case warming it up. So I'm in search of a different case with candidates such as Thermaltake Core v21 and the case you used as well.

How are your temperatures under a load?

  • 25 months ago
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I haven't noticed excessive fan noise but I'm not exactly monitoring temperatures. As far as I know, the PSU fan only comes on under load; so I'm not too concerned about the lower exhaust

  • 25 months ago
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Are you using external storage or just another ssd? I'm making a similar build and was curious, do you have room for an hdd is this build?

  • 21 months ago
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There's room for two 3.5 HDDs on the bottom of the case, if you forgo the giant fan... I may replace the nvme drive with a 1tb in the future but most of my storage is external in the form of a NAS. I was looking for a streamlined build, no Sata cables cluttering up my case!

  • 15 months ago
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Wow, perfect job on the airflow there, totally gonna steal your idea! Thanks

  • 14 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
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Do you have GPU temps under load? thx and nice build, actually gonna copy it

  • 10 months ago
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No, I don't have any of that handy; sorry. I don't think much about thermals- it's totally stable.

  • 11 months ago
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Thanks for showing this, I've been looking for the smallest case that would fit both a 240mm radiator for the CPU and a water cooled GPU! With the big fan on the bottom can you still use the drive bracket on the side or is there space to install other drives?

  • 10 months ago
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There are brackets on the back side of the motherboard. Using the biggest fan on the bottom means you can't mount drives. I'm happy with the M.2 slow though! No more cables.